Event: ‘Russia, Ukraine and the West: Causes and Consequences of the Current Conflict’



TIME: 12:00 – 13:00, Wednesday 11th May 2016

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

SPEAKER: Professor Matthew Rojansky, Director at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars

To attend please RSVP to: rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org


Despite some superficial similarities, relations between Russia and the U.S. today are so sufficiently different from the past that they cannot accurately be described as a conflict in the same category as the Cold War.  U.S.-Russia relations have been severely strained over the crisis in Ukraine, but management of the crisis alone will not be enough to restore productive relations between Washington and Moscow or to repair the damage to European security.  Is the best hope to return to the principles of the 1975 Helsinki Final Act through an inclusive region-wide dialogue, similar to the 1972-75 Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE)? Today, the United States, Europe, and Russia all share an interest in renewal of just such a dialogue, although what will not—indeed what must not—return is the Cold War “balance of terror” that exerted pressure on all sides to participate seriously in the Helsinki process.

By kind invitation of Baroness Falkner of Margravine, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Professor Matthew Rojansky, Director at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, who will be discussing the current conflict between Russia, Ukraine and the West and what, if anything can be done to restore any kind of relationship between the countries.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Speaker biography:

Professor Matthew Rojansky is the Director at the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars. Matthew is an expert on U.S. relations with the states of the former Soviet Union, especially Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.  He has advised governments, intergovernmental organisations, and major private actors on conflict resolution and efforts to enhance shared security throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region. He is an adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS and American University, and a participant in the Dartmouth Dialogues, a track-two U.S.-Russian conflict resolution initiative begun in 1960. He is frequently interviewed on TV and radio, and his writing has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy.


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